Lieutenant David “Buddah” Boersema Retired
After 29.5 Years, Lieutenant David “Buddah” Boersema retired from the Lemont Fire Protection District, his last shift day was January 19th 2017. David was hired as part time POC in June of 1987, hired full time in 1990, and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1991. Lt. Boersema was a mentor to many and always had a kind word or bit of wisdom to share around the stations. In recognition of his almost 30 years of service and dedication to this department David was awarded a plaque and presented with an American flag by the district’s honor guard. We wish you all the best in your retirement Lt. Boersema, and may God Bless you in your future endeavors.
LEARNING CPR IS SIMPLE – AND SIMPLY ONE THING WE SHOULD ALL KNOW.
Knowing how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) means you know how to save a life. CPR is a combination of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions or chest compressions only, known as Compression-Only CPR. Both can restore circulation of oxygen-rich blood to the brain. Without oxygen, permanent brain damage or death can occur.
If you witness someone collapse unexpectedly, follow these steps:
COMPRESSION –ONLY CPR:
- Check to see if the person is unresponsive and not breathing, or breathing abnormally (struggling to breathe or gasping).
- Call 9-1-1 or direct someone else to call.
- Position the person with his or her back on the floor.
- Place the heel of one hand on the center of the chest (between the nipples) and the heel of the other hand on top of the first. Lock your elbows.
- Place your shoulders vertically above your hands and use the weight of your upper body to "fall" downward, compressing the chest 2 inches deep.
- Lift your hands slightly each time to allow chest wall to recoil.
- Compress the chest at a rate of about one hundred per minute (slightly faster than one compression per second).
- When you tire, take turns with others until paramedics arrive.
- If an automated external defibrillators (AED) is available, turn it on and follow the AED's voice instructions. If no AED is available, continue chest compressions with as few interruptions as possible.
- IMPORTANT! Struggling to breathe or gasping is not a sign of recovery! Initiate and continue chest compressions even if patient gasps.
WHY LEARN CPR?
Cardiac arrest – an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs – is a leading cause of death. Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States.
When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Almost 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
BE THE DIFFERENCE FOR SOMEONE YOU LOVE
If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend. 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes. Unfortunately, only about 46% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives.
IF THESE SIGNS ARE PRESENT CALL 9-1-1
Heart attack and stroke are life-and-death emergencies — every second counts. If you see or have any of the listed symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number. Not all these signs occur in every heart attack or stroke. Sometimes they go away and return. If some occur, get help fast! Today heart attack and stroke victims can benefit from new medications and treatments unavailable to patients in years past. For example, clot-busting drugs can stop some heart attacks and strokes in progress, reducing disability and saving lives. But to be effective, these drugs must be given relatively quickly after heart attack or stroke symptoms first appear. So again, don't delay — get help right away!
WARNING SIGNS OF A HEART ATTACK
Don't wait to get help if you experience any of these heart attack warning signs. Although some heart attacks are sudden and intense, most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Pay attention to your body — and call 911 if you feel:
- Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
THINK SOMEONE MAY BE SUFFERING A STROKE?
YOU ARE HAVING A STROKE?
CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!
F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. When you can spot the signs, you'll know that you need to call 9-1-1 for help right away. F.A.S.T. is:
CARDIAC ARREST WARNING SIGNS
- Sudden Loss of Responsiveness
- No normal Breathing
- The victim does not take a normal breath when you tilt the head up and check for at least five seconds.
OTHER TYPES OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
This doesn't mean that the heart stops beating. Heart failure, sometimes called congestive heart failure, means the heart isn't pumping blood as well as it should. The heart keeps working, but the body's need for blood and oxygen isn't being met. Heart failure can get worse if it's not treated. If your loved one has heart failure, it's very important to follow the doctor's orders.
This is an abnormal rhythm of the heart. There are various types of arrhythmias. The heart can beat too slow, too fast or irregularly. Bradycardia is when the heart rate is less than 60 beats per minute. Tachycardia is when the heart rate is more than 100 beats per minute. An arrhythmia can affect how well the heart works. The heart may not be able to pump enough blood to meet the body's needs.
HEART VALVE PROBLEMS:
When heart valves don't open enough to allow the blood to flow through as it should, it's called stenosis. When the heart valves don't close properly and allow blood to leak through, it's called regurgitation. When the valve leaflets bulge or prolapse back into the upper chamber, it’s a condition called mitral valve prolapse. When this happens, they may not close properly. This allows blood to flow backward through them. Discover more about the roles your heart valves play in healthy circulation.
My Medical Information
The Lemont Fire Protection District is pleased to provide FREE My Medical Information kits to the senior citizens, those with special needs, and others within the District that may need them.
The kits consist of a red plastic pouch with a magnetic back and are intended to be attached to an individual's refrigerator. Inside the pouch is a cardboard pamphlet that an individual can use to write down his or her personal information, emergency contacts, medications, allergies, medical conditions, and advanced directives. Paramedics can then use this vital information when providing emergency care.
To obtain your FREE My Medical Information kit, contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at (630) 257-0191 or email@example.com. Provide your name and mailing address, and a kit can be mailed to you. You may also stop by Station One, located at 15900 New Ave, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 to pick one up.
Fire Inspector Position Available
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The Lemont Fire Protection District takes great pride in the service we provide to the community and we are constantly seeking ways to improve our performance. To assist us, we ask that you evaluate our level of performance by completing a short survey for the particular service you received.
- Fire Prevention & Inspection Services
- Public Education Services
- Emergency Medical Services
- Fire Suppression & Rescue Services
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America's #1 Disaster Threat
Home fires kill more Americans than earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornados combined.
Home fires occur every 85 seconds and cause massive harm each day:
- 7 people die
- 36 people are injured
- $18 million in damage to homes
Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Recall Summary
This recall involves Kidde residential smoke alarm model i12010S with manufacture dates between December 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014, combination smoke/CO alarm il2010SCO with manufacture dates between December 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014, and combination smoke/CO alarm model KN-COSM-IBA with manufacture date between October 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014.
The Lemont Fire Protection District provides Life Safety services to you and your family
- Fire Suppression
- Advanced Life Support Emergency Medical Services
- Specialized Technical Rescue Teams - Dive, Aerial, Confined Space, Trench
- Cause and Origin & Arson Investigation Team
- Fire Prevention Bureau - Fire Inspection & Public Education
- Hazardous Materials Services
The Lemont Fire District protects an area of approximately 40 square miles and serves the Village of Lemont along with portions of Woodridge, Darien, Bolingbrook, & Homer Glen.
Lemont Fire District Firefighter/Paramedic Eligibility List
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The nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) offers free, non-commercial information about the lifesaving benefits of installing fire sprinkler systems in new one- and two-family homes. Learn more at www.HomeFireSprinkler.org Help children learn about fire safety and the basics of home fire sprinkler protection at www.SprinklerSmarts.org
Get A Smoke Detector
The Lemont Fire Protection District understands the economy may be challenging. If you are a resident of the Lemont Fire Protection District and in need of a smoke detector or battery we may be able to supply you one at no cost. We here at the Lemont Fire Protection District are concerned for you and your families safety.
This Program has been made available thanks to funding provided by FEMA working together with the Lemont Fire District Board of Trustees.
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According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2003-2006, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms... Learn more
Fires in the US
- In 2013, there were 1,240,000 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,240 civilian deaths, 15,925 civilian injuries, and $11.5 billion in property damage.
- 487,500 were structure fires, causing 2,855 civilian deaths, 14,075 civilian injuries, and $9.5 billion in property damage.
- 188,000 were vehicle fires, causing 320 civilian fire deaths, 1050 civilian fire injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage.
- 564,500 were outside and other fires, causing 65 civilian fire deaths, 800 civilian fire injuries, and $607 million in property damage.
- The 2013 US fire loss clock a fire department respond to a fire every 25 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 65 seconds.
- One home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds. One civilian fire injury was reported every 33 MINUTES. One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 42 minutes. One outside fire was reported every 56 seconds. One vehicle fire was reported every 167 seconds. NFPA Statistics